From our Executive Team on Thursday 13th May.

Monday 17th May is a key date in the government’s road map when there’ll be more easing of the lockdown measures we’ve all been living with. It’s another step toward a normality we all crave, but it doesn’t mean the threat of Covid-19 has gone away and we urge caution and ask that you remember to continue following Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

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From Monday you will be able to socialise with up to 6 people or two households indoors. This will include overnight stays. Up to 30 can meet outside and pubs, theatres and other venues will be able to open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs will also reopen. You can read more about the new measures HERE.

There’ll be many more ways to get out and about and see friends and family. It’s all very positive, but we must remember our own health and the importance of staying safe and well for the sake of our patients and our colleagues, some of whom remain vulnerable because of existing conditions.

We also ask that you continue with regular testing. Anyone who doesn’t have symptoms can now get regular Rapid Lateral Flow tests to check for COVID-19. *However, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK

You can order the rapid tests online and have a pack of 7 tests sent direct to your home. If you do the test where you live, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone.  Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK   You can also collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from your local pharmacy or test site.

For staff at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice there are boxes of tests in Gina’s office. Please sign them out and follow the instructions. Your test days are Tuesdays (the same day as the PCR tests) and Fridays.

At St Julia’s Hospice the tests are in Lou Ranford’s office where you also need to sign them out. Your testing days are Mondays and Thursdays.

At Daniel’s Lane the rapid tests are available from Ian Lippiatt in the fundraising office and will need to be signed for when collected. Again, you need to test twice a week.

For those of you undertaking PCR tests, current government advice is that these should continue alongside the Lateral Flow Tests. Thank you for your understanding about these tests, they’re very important and remember to accept the vaccine when you’re offered it too!

Please be assured we’re as delighted as you that the restrictions are easing, but after such a tough year, we’re also keen to help avoid a third wave or yet another lockdown just for the sake of forgetting Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

Have a good weekend and if you’ve got any questions or concerns, please speak to your Line Manager.

Paul, Gina and Graham